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Three Ways the War on Drugs is Bad for Your Family

Updated on March 18, 2017
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Emily is currently studying for a degree as a paralegal assistant. She is passionate about the justice system & initiating positive change

Addiction Is a family disease,

One person may use,

But the whole family suffers

The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs is a war that was declared in America by President Nixon in 1971. After the counterculture created a wave in the American lifestyle, a wave of propaganda was released to fuel a large anti-drug campaign across America. At the time, the war on drugs was considered a necessity. Americans were being led to believe that harmless drugs, such as cannabis, onset fits of psychotic rage, and people using the drug were then automatically labeled as criminals.

Things only got worse of there. In the 1970s and 1980s, incarceration rates began to skyrocket across America. Along with this skyrocket in the prison population, jails began to run short on beds and places to house inmates. This opened the door for private prisons to begin profiting from the incarceration rates.


Money passes through every counties judicial system and all the way up to the prisons that house these inmates. States are expected to keep beds full so that these prisons can obtain their maximum profit. If the state does not meet the quota of these private prisons, then they can be heavily fined in return.

Even still the worst part is that drug use has never since started to fall. The numbers continue to increase despite stricter penalties and sentences. The ugliest truth of all is that drug users continue to use even after multiple period of incarceration.

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What Can We Learn From the Past

You can read a lot of different articles and find statistics that will tell you that war on drugs is failing. I'm going to spare you a lot of boring details, and tell you that you should not only take my word for it, but please do your own research. It is worth your time to educate yourself about how damaging the war on drugs really is.

I know it's hard to see at first, but the war on drugs is a war on people. Our people. It is a war against our mothers, fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends. It is important to acknowledge that addiction is a disease, and it is very powerful.

While drug addiction can sometimes lead to serious crimes, such as theft, being a drug user is not a valid criminal offense and should not be treated as such.


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Up to this point, you may still be wondering how exactly the war on drugs is bad for your family. and I'm going to get to that right now....

You're probably familiar with how the allergy medicine, Pseudoephedrine, is regulated and sold due to the well known fact that it is one of the main ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

If you are not familiar, then I will briefly update you. In order to purchase pseudoephedrine (which is a common over the counter allergy medication) you must present your identification to the pharmacist. There are also monthly limits in place in order to try to limit the amount of methamphetamine that can be manufactured on the streets.

With a few tweaks to the restrictions that have been put in place on this common allergy medication, I think we could produce a new model in which we could legalize all drugs.


ONE:

Try to imagine a world where all drugs can legally bought in a drug store or something similar. Yeah, that's right. Any drug abuser or moderate drug user can walk in and purchase a wide variety of street drugs, perhaps all the street drugs you can think of.

To purchase they must have their identification recorded. They must be verified to be under their monthly purchase limit. Now, let's say you are very close to being over your monthly limit. This would be a sign that points to a potential drug abuser, or someone who is helping to provide drugs to minors.

Either way, your limit is almost maxed out and therefore as a public health safety net, there is a letter mailed to the address provided on your identification, or similar. The letter states that it has been noticed that you are near your monthly limit. The letter could suggest potential rehabilitation centers or counseling programs that the individual can go to get help

This could help families stay informed with each other. I hear of a lot of cases where drug use has been going nearly undetected. People will lie to the people they love the most to cover up their addiction. A spouse may go to greater length to hide a drug addiction than to hide an affair.

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The second way the war on drugs is or could disrupt your life is the simple, yet often overlooked is the ability for minors to access illicit drugs.

I'm not sure why this certain trait of the drug war is so commonly overlooked, but education and stricter regulations on cigarettes have led to a decrease in the amount of tobacco users in America. Of course, it's not impossible, but it is a lot more difficult for minors to get their hands on alcohol and tobacco, because they need proof of identification or an adult who is willing to stick their neck out for them.

I'm sure there are plenty of scumbags out there who would be willing to risk the jail time associated with illegally supplying minors with such addictive substances, but we could strengthen the penalties on such laws restricting this type of behavior, which would be a crime worthy of the punishment of time incarcerated.

THREE

The war on drugs funds drug dealers, cartels, and private prisons, as well as fuels the fire for corruption in police enforcement, and numerous bad outcomes are pouring out of the war on drugs at alarming rates.

Families are torn apart at the hands of drug addictions. Addiction is not something that can be treated with punishments. It should be treated as a health issue. Addicts should feel safe seeking help to better themselves and their lives and the lives of their family.

Mothers and fathers are jailed. Sons and daughters are jailed. Families are separated, and not because they are getting the help that they need, because they are being punished for a habit they need help controlling.

I am urging you to strongly consider the positive outcomes that could come from ending the war on drugs.


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Ending the War on Drugs

1. Limit and monitor the quantity allotted to drug users in order to urge the individual to receive help and to notify family members that their loved one may be developing an addict unhealthy addiction.

2. Can be used as a preventative measure to keep illicit drugs out of the hands of minors. Provide harsh punishments to adults who help minors acquire such drugs, as that is a crime worthy of time behind bars.

3. Give addicts the treatment and the help that they need and in turn help families put their lives back together versus being pushed farther down.




Sadly, I don't believe drugs are ever going away, and what we are doing to discourage drug use is not working. Please leave comments, and challenge my idealistic utopia of a world that lowers drug abuse by legalizing all drugs for recreational use, and using the money raised to fund addiction programs, education programs, etc. Please tell me any suggestions you may have or why you think my idea just flat at wouldn't work.

I love interacting with the readers because it is also keeps me active in my writing.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

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